Arsenal in talks over Oleksandr Zinchenko move following Martinez rebuff

Arsenal have pivoted to Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko after Manchester United seemingly pipped them to the post in a deal for Lisandro Martinez this summer.

The Gunners were keen to lure the Ajax defender to north London, but the arrival of Manchester United with extra funds and the connection of Erik ten Hag meant that Mikel Arteta and co. were always set to be fighting a losing battle.

As a result of this rebuff, it appears that Arsenal have switched their focus back to a player that Arteta knows well from his time at Manchester City in the form of Ukrainian star Zinchenko.

Zinchenko on the move?

The 25-year-old would be keen to swap Manchester for increased gametime, often considered a second-choice option by Pep Guardiola, though it is unclear where he would fit in at Arsenal.

The two clubs are in talks over a deal, and 'it is believed that City are open to sanctioning the 25-year-old’s sale if their valuation is met', in the same vein that Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have both departed this summer, with Nathan Ake seemingly set to follow.

However, such a deal has not yet developed, and it is unclear how much Manchester City would demand for their versatile defender. Nonetheless, it is an option that Arsenal are exploring after their Martinez disappointment.

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Ben Browning

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